Humor aside, I think some people rather overstate the importance of the recent Osama Al Baz interview in which the (largely non-influential) presidential advisor says Mubarak would retire if he could find a successor. It just looks like typical Arab dictator drivel to me -- "I want to go, but this country can't do without me" bullshit that's used to keep people in power for 25 years. There is something else telling in the interview, though:
"He will remain, so long as he's able, capable and so on. But if he finds that there is another group of people, another person, who are willing to carry the torch, I have the feeling that he would welcome it," Baz said.As I am in the camp of those who don't believe that that Gamal is the next president this does not surprise me. I do think that Gamal wants the job (or wanted it at some point). But the more important thing is that it highlights that the regime still has no public succession plan and probably no private one either.
"It's not clear yet who can take over. Nobody can say, and definitely the president and his family are not thinking about succession. They don't think of Gamal taking over and he does not give himself more rights than other Egyptians," he added.